Skatepark on Track to Open March

Posted on 22nd February 2011

The Arc, Preston’s first skatepark and youth centre for the city, is on track to open the first week of March with owners Northern Extreme Parks gearing up for the opening launch. The Arc located on School St just off Bow Lane and accessed off Ringway is still currently under construction, but keen skaters can watch the building process online at

The £140,000 facility will include a variety of ramps for skateboards, BMX bikers and in-line skaters. Plans also include a café, indoor sports shop and live music facilities for local bands.

Northern Extreme Parks which operates as a charitable company have so far managed to raise a large percentage of the £140,000 needed, but are appealing to local businesses for help in reaching their target and raising the last £15 – 20,000 needed to fully complete the fit out. The company is looking to local businesses for both donations and charitable loans, which can be paid back over an agreed timescale.

Future plans for the venue include linking up with local charities and youth groups to use the venue when the park is not running, a lounge and café for parents and a ‘pro-lounge’ for corporate events. After 18 months of negotiations to secure the correct planning approval from the City Council, Northern Extreme Parks leased the property from Herbygreen Properties for 10 years at an undisclosed sum with Robert Pinkus & Co. acting on behalf of the landlord.

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